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An award-winning journalist who made civil rights history in higher education will be the guest speaker for the spring 2015 Armstrong-Branch Lecture at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, one of two students to desegregate then all-white University of Georgia in 1961, will present “From Closed Doors to Open Roads: A Journalist’s Journey” Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium.  

Dr. Hans W. Paerl, with the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will deliver a guest lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Multicultural Programs and Services will give students an opportunity to learn more about African American history and culture in February through its Black History Month programs.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) will host an evening with award-winning nature photographer Tom Ulrich at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in GCRL’s Caylor Auditorium.

Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2015 Forum set for Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus

In March, members of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band will be traveling to Dublin, Ireland to participate in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In order to help defray costs for attendees, the students themselves have organized a 5k run and one mile fun run dubbed the Screamin’ Eagle Dash.

 

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interracial and Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast will be held Monday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 a.m. in The Thad Cochran Center Ballroom on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The event is presented by the Mu Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Dr. Andrew Wiest doesn’t recall who the keynote speaker was at his college graduation. But the popular University of Southern Mississippi history professor, who will give the school’s fall 2014 commencement address, does remember his grandmother traveling from Kansas City, Mo. to see him receive his diploma.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host renowned trombonist Joseph Alessi, for two performances on Sunday, Nov. 23 and Monday, Nov. 24 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Hattiesburg community will be treated to a pair of concerts next week by two University of Southern Mississippi bands. Both events will take place at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

When the hit Broadway musical “Mary Poppins” takes flight, she will be supported by some of the best hoofers in the area. The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dixie Darlings will bring their exceptional dance skills to the grand reopening of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium, Feb. 26 – March 1, 2015.  

 

The Southern Miss School of Music, in partnership with Forrest General Hospital, is pleased to present this exceptional cast and welcome the Dixie Darlings to the Poppins family. Tickets for the production go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Dr. John Wooton, director of percussion studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, and pianist Dr. Sam Bruton, professor of philosophy and religion at Southern Miss, present their project “Caribbean Collective” in concert Sunday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Thirsty Hippo in downtown Hattiesburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present a concert entitled “Made in America” that will feature Natasha Trethewey, the current Mississippi Poet Laureate and former United States Poet Laureate on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

The Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will present a lecture and book discussion by Dr. Kyle Longley on Monday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m.

 

The 70th annual Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant will feature 14 students competing for the event title at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. General admission is $7 and $5 for students.

The event, hosted and produced by the Southern Miss Student Government Association, is a preliminary to the Miss Mississippi Pageant. Participants also compete for valuable scholarship funds.

The unique work of five internationally-known artists will be featured on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi as part of an outdoor sculpture exhibition that will run from September 2014 through February 2016.

Young women from all over the state of Mississippi have been on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus June 1-6 to participate as delegates in the 66th annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

 

The program’s hands-on citizenship training provides upcoming high school seniors the opportunity to learn about politics on local, county and state levels by creating their own cities and campaigning for elected office in the state of “Magnolia.”

More than 250 young women from across the state will be on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus June 1-6 for the 66th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Magnolia Girls State. The weeklong program educates delegates about the mechanics of democracy through simulated political campaigns, legislative and judicial processes in the fictitious state of “Magnolia.”

The highly anticipated University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s production of Showbiz Showstoppers has announced a few surprise guests set to join the cast during its performance on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

 

Southern Miss’ men’s head basketball coach, Donnie Tyndall, and former Miss Mississippi, Chalie Ray, are scheduled to kick up their heels in the Broadway showcase production.

 

The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale will perform the concert, “A Lenten Passion Journey,” Friday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach and on Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Biloxi.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hattiesburg announced the “royalty” for this year’s Irish-Italian Festival and Parade. The Grand Marshall is Robert St. John (right), Hattiesburg restaurateur, chef and author who began the Extra Table charity several years ago with a goal to “make sure that no child in Mississippi goes to bed hungry at night.” The King is Dr. Denis A. Wiesenburg (center), provost at the University of Southern Mississippi and the Colleen (Queen) is Deles Roberts, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Administrator.

The School of Music at Southern Miss has released tickets for Showbiz Showstoppers, a one-night-only spectacular featuring show-stopping numbers from some of Broadway’s best musicals.

 

A talented cast of students, alumni and community members are already in rehearsals for the April 11 performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Robert Moses, a renowned leader in the civil rights movement, will be honored with a portrait unveiling at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at the Trent Lott Center on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi international students will showcase their homelands during the annual International Food Fair Thursday, April 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baptist Student Center, located at 214 North 31st Ave. on the Hattiesburg campus.